Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tour thoughts

While I continue my bike shopping extravaganza, it's also Tour time. I love the Tour, but it seems like most cyclists I know dial back their riding in July because of it. Note: Watching the Tour twice a day removes any excuse of not having time to ride.

Anyway, some random observations:

Cancellara and Tiger Beat:
My 4 1/2 year old daughter has a monster crush on Fabian Cancellara. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but last night after dinner she said, "Daddy, what do you think Fabian is doing right now?" She then wanted to go out on a bike ride where she was happy to be referred to as Spartacus. Of course her last pre-schooler infatuation was with Darth Vader. Go figure.

Craig and Bob vs. Joey and Chandler:
Have you noticed the precious braclets than Bob Roll and Craig Hummer are wearing? My guess based on ads running on Versus, is that they're Road ID bands. But every time I see them I can't help but think about that Friends episode where Joey and Chandler buy matching gold bracelets. In fact, I think Bob and Craig could make a mint doing some gay porn together. Craig already has the outfit.

I love TTTs...sort of:
I'm a huge fan of TTTs. I loved them as a rider. Sort of. If you haven't done one before, the TTT is hands down my vote for the hardest event in cycling. I've had people ask why it's harder than an indiviual time trial. My opinion is that as you're nearing the front you start riding way above threshold, then have very little time to "recover" before your next turn. I put recover in quotes because recovery means riding at a TT pace. I still have great memories from my team days of following my Shaklee team in the team car (this dates me, I know), watching the boys absolutely kill each other. It was a beautiful thing.

Isn't it interesting, as enthusiasts, how we're drawn to the most atrociously difficult events? Seriously, the mountain stages are awesome, but I can't remember the last time I looked forward to doing a 15K climb.

Gotta love Columbia:
I haven't seen a team ride in such a dominant fashion since Mapei's classics teams in the go-go 90's. Sadly, I think they're going to be shattered in weeks two and three of this year's Tour. But Cavendish...holy smokes. His acceleration is absolutely unreal. I've often said that great athletes walk the fine line between confidence and arrogance. Judging by the interviews I've seen with him he hasn't seen that line for a really long time. Whatever though. For the time being he's backing up his hubris.

Contador vs. Lance:
How'd you like to hang at the Astana breakfast table? It would be almost as much fun as inviting Anne Coulter and Bill Clinton over for drinks.

On a more important note, hopefully I'm ordering a new bike today...

1 comment:

  1. Contador's acceleration on the last climb this morning was incredible. I thought it was classy of Lance not to challenge, even if it was only because he knew he didn't have a chance.